Bobby Rimmer believes Brian Rose must be at his best to beat Joachim Alcine

Last Updated: 20/04/13 8:41pm

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Brian Rose: Faces a former world champion this weekend. Pic: www.leighdawneyphotography.com

Brian Rose: Faces a former world champion this weekend. Pic: www.leighdawneyphotography.com

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Trainer Bobby Rimmer believes Brian Rose must take a major step-up in class when he battles former world champion Joachim Alcine on Saturday.

Rose holds the British light-middleweight title and has suffered just one defeat in 24 fights, but Alcine is expected to supply a stern test at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, live on Sky Sports.

Alcine was demolished in a round by Matthew Macklin when he moved up to middleweight for his last fight, but Rimmer is reading little into this result and thinks Rose must box at his best to beat the former WBA king.

"I'm not worried about the outcome of the fight because I think that Brian will win," Rimmer told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.

"I'm a coach and I do worry about things that could happen, but I think Brian will be in control of the fight and I think at times Brian will have to dig a bit deep because the fighters are getting better and the fights are getting harder.

"But that doesn't worry me about Brian Rose because I know more than other people that Brian knows when he needs to, he can step-up to the plate.

When asked about Alcine's credentials, Rimmer said: "A massive, massive step-up.

"Some people are saying he got knocked out last time out by Macklin, but for me, I haven't even looked at that because Macklin's a real heavy-handed middleweight and Joachim had moved up from light-middle to middleweight and got caught early on in the first round.

"I've not even looked at that fight, that's not even come into the equation. I think it's going to be like a classic boxing match because Brian's got a great jab, Alcine's got a great jab and they are both pretty good on their feet. I feel like it's going to be a cat and mouse affair. "

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